Down the Track
October/November 2013
Compass at the University of Sydney
Welcome to the October/November edition of the Regional Newsletter!
Congratulations to successful E12 Applicants from Regional Schools
A number of students from regional schools were successful in their applications to the University of Sydney through the E12 admissions scheme.  E12 allows students who have experienced disadvantage to apply for an early conditional offer, a scholarship and additional support. More information is available here E12 website.

Scholarship Opportunities in 2014 for Year 12 students

The University of Sydney offers more than 500 scholarships to  undergraduate students. The aim is to help  students achieve their goals at the University of Sydney. Scholarships give them the financial freedom to focus on their study, free up their time to gain valuable work experience or get involved in the diverse student life.  Some scholarships are open now and others will be opening very soon, so please check the Scholarships office website for further information and opening and closing dates as not to miss out.

See below for upcoming activities and resources for regional schools.

If you would like further information on anything featured in the newsletter, please contact Sophie Partridge at the Compass Program (02 8627 8523)
Compass Team on the Road

28th and 29th October - Compass staff to visit Broken Hill High School, Willyama High School and Dubbo Senior College for consultation meetings and to plan for 2014.

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Support for Teachers and Students in Buningyong Public School
Ongoing in term 4 - Buningyong Public School will in term 4 receive support for staff and students around occupational therapy.  The OT Professional Development program focuses on providing teachers with functional skills to support students' learning in the classroom.  The OT Clinician will also work closely with teachers to identify and assess problems that prevent students from participating fully in the classroom.
Applications Close Soon!
31st October - Applications Close! (DEADLINE EXTENDED - 8TH NOVEMBER)
Our summer program is designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 who are considering studies beyond high school.  It is a chance to stay on campus, take part in lectures and tutorials, presentations, try out different subject areas and learn about a variety of industries.

When is it?
Wingara Mura is 14-16 January 2014
Bunga Barrabuga is 13-17 January 2014

How do the students get  involved?
Applications will open on 1st August and will need to be endorsed by the school and get permission from parents.  All costs are covered by the University.

For registration or additional information please contact:
Bianca Williams  or phone: 02 8627 8529
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Workshops for High School Students
Thursday 7th November - Bridges Connect masterclasses are designed for high school students, and consist of workshops on a particular subject delivered via video conferencing (connected classrooms) technology.  The 7th November workshops will focus on maths and statistics.  For further information and to register go to the Bridges Connect website
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Visit to the University of Sydney for English Program

Friday 8th November - 20 students and 2 teachers from Coonabarabran High School will visit the University of Sydney to participate in workshops with the English Department.  Students will also hear from the Compass team about entry pathways and scholarships.

The University History Department Partnership Program

Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November - members of the History department and Social Inclusion Unit will be visiting Broken Hill high schools to work with students and teachers. While there, they will pilot a historic site study with Year 9s with an aim to create a student-built history website that can be publicly-accessed for heritage tourism.

They will also take Year 7s to the historic Broken Hill Mosque, work with indigenous studies students on changing rights and freedoms, and talk to new Year 12 students about options at University, and about their upcoming trip to Sydney University.

What direction are you heading in?

BATHURST - 18th November, Bathurst Community Club, 29 William Street
DUBBO - 19th November, Local Aboriginal Land Council, Cnr Wingewarra & Darling Streets
GUNNEDAH - 20th November, Local Aboriginal Land Council, 26 Chandos Street
TAMWORTH - 21st November, Tamworth Community Centre, Cnr Peel and Darling Streets

Information Sessions - 4pm-6pm and 7pm-9pm

Come and Find out about the Higher Education opportunities available for Indigenous people:
- Alternative Entry Programs
- Scholarships
- Academic Tutorial Schemes
- Indigenous Cultural and Social support

Representatives from ACU, Macquarie University, University of Sydney, UTS, UWS, Charles Sturt and TAFE NSW

Student volunteers visit Dubbo and Forbes High Schools
Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th November - Student Volunteers from the University of Sydney Law Society (SULS) will visit the Dubbo and Forbes area to run workshops with Year 10 students to provide information and encourage them to think about university.

Student volunteers will work with students throughout the day to provide information on university entry, pathways, scholarships and university life.  Students from surrounding schools, including Dubbo Catholic College, Gilgandra High School, Wellington High School and Redbend Catholic College will also be joining in.

If you have any questions regarding this visit please contact Sophie Partridge

Resources for Science Teachers
You can now view the presentations from Bridges to Higher Education's Science videoconference.  

Presentations include:
  • Evolution, natural selection and complexity - Prof. Michael Gillings (MQ)
  • Where can Science lead you? Not even the sky is the limit! - Dr Fiona Ballard (ACU)
  • CSI misunderstood? - Dr Alison Beavis (UTS)
  • Understanding the Chemistry of Life Through Visualising the Molecular World - Prof. Roy Tasker (UWS)

The University's Science Alliance program's (which brings you Giant Science and Sleek Geeks, among other events) latest newsletter is here.  See what's happening and discuss it with your students
Professional Learning for Teachers
Please see the Professional Learning calendar or the On-campus learning lectures and workshops to see what's on offer this year.  If you would like more information or to discuss attendance at any of these workshops, please contact Sophie Partridge.

Friday 29 November 2013
The Faculty of Science is holding a Stage 5 Science Teachers Forum in Week 8.  The day will present teachers with new ideas and experiments to engage students and provide fresh inspiration for teaching the broad science syllabus in years 9 and 10 in the new National Curriculum.
The program is NSWIT endorsed.

For more information, please click this link or go to

Financial assistance packages to help cover fee and teacher relief costs are available. To be eligible, teachers must be:
  • Currently teaching in a Low Socio-Economic Status (LSES) high school 
  • Currently teaching Stage 5 Science in a relevant discipline ie. biology, chemsitry, physics 
  • Able to attend the Science Teachers’ Forum
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What's Happening
Watch Models of Achievement
National Computer Science School
Are your students thinking about university?
You don't have to be an occupational therapist to support kids in your classroom
Enquiring Minds - Fun Resources for Primary Schools
Useful Links
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A former child soldier who is now a lawyer, a factory worker who cracked a previously unsolvable equation, a Bulldogs player who completed his master's in commerce.

These are some of the stories being told in a new TV documentary series, Models of Achievement, which showcases Australians from Greater Western Sydney who have changed their lives through higher education and are making some remarkable contributions to the country's future.

The 10 part documentary series premiered last night on Television Sydney (TVS), digital 44. To see the full schedule visit Models of Achievement

Full article from the launch

Browse and watch the series with your class online
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4th -13th January 2014
The National Computer Science School (NCSS) brings together talented students for an intensive week of computer programming, web design and robotics at the University of Sydney

Designed for computer studies, science and mathematics students, the NCSS is about challenging participants to think like computer scientists. We introduce them to Python, an object oriented scripting language, as well as robotics and professional web design. Students also have the opportunity to engage with academics, industry professionals and other like-minded young people in a stimulating and social environment.

The NCSS is designed for talented computer science, science and mathematics students who will complete Year 11 in 2013. Exceptionally gifted Year 10 students are also encouraged to apply. However, please note that prior knowledge of computing is not assumed. Students not enrolled in computing studies may also be interested in attending NCSS.

The NCSS is designed for talented computer science, science and mathematics students who will complete Year 11 in 2013. Exceptionally gifted Year 10 students are also encouraged to apply. However, please note that prior knowledge of computing is not assumed. Students not enrolled in computing studies may also be interested in attending NCSS.The school is residential, with all students staying with staff in full-board accommodation provided by The Women's College located on-campus.

This year, thanks to generous support of our sponsors we have funding to assist with travel and accommodation costs for students from Compass Partner Schools.  If you would like further information about NCSS please contact Josephine Spongberg on (02) 9351 3424 or

Students can apply for NCSS online at, with applications closing on Friday 15 November 2013
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Although students are still in school, now is a good time to start thinking about their future. This booklet will help them prepare the road to uni.

Download the Preparing the Road for Uni booklet
For quick reference
to proven tips and tricks for motor development: 

teachers can now download the Occupational Therapy Fact Sheets series from the 2013 OT program.
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Enquiring Minds is an inspirational new series that aims to help children in primary school turn their passion into a career through higher education. 

The series, developed as part of the Bridges to Higher Education program of which the University is a proud partner, profiles young students with a passion - animals, robots, computer games, mummies - and links them with a current student and academic in the field who explains how they have turned a similar passion or hobby into a career or focus of their study.

The website has lots of interactive games and resources for teachers, desinged to help students explore subjects and university!
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